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sneak peek: anne m. cramer

by Amy Azzarito

If you’ve seen Anne M. Cramer’s collection for Spring 2011, you’ll know why Grace instantly demanded that we do a peek with her. Let’s just say I wasn’t kidding when I started the peeks today mentioning that we have a major stripe affinity. Six years ago, when this house came on the market, in Minneapolis, Anne and her family (three boys!) moved from just one block away. The house was almost a replica of Anne’s childhood home in Chicago so she felt an instant sense of familiarity. For me, there are just two words of importance when looking at the home – “sleeping porch.” I think I just might sell my soul for a sleeping porch – and that’s putting it mildly. Sigh.  (If you want to see more photos – there’s 29 more! – all the extras are on the design*sponge facebook page!){Thanks Anne! And many thanks to Adrienne Page for the lovely photographs} -Amy A.

Image above: The Sleeping Porch – This completely charming porch is located off the landing to the 3rd floor. However charming, it’s too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer, so it is now referred to as “the lincoln bedroom” (looks adorable although goes totally unused) we should just rope it off. Ha.

CLICK HERE for more of Anne Cramer’s Minneapolis home!

“The Pink Room” :: In this household of all boys, I decided I must have a “girly room” painted powder pink.  None of our 3 boys volunteered their rooms for the paint-job, so I tackled the 2nd floor guest room.  The palest of pink, ivory and white was the chosen palette, soft linens, dress a vintage metal bedroom set (2 matching beds and dresser with vanity-not shown) with an ivory tulle “crown” to finish the look.

“The 2-week Wallpaper” :: I had my heart set on a wallpaper I saw in a magazine of a French Chateau where the walls were papered with a silver background and an ivory pattern.  Since I was not able to track down this paper, and I am a never-afraid-to-try, diehard DIY’er, I painted the walls (Platinum Metallic by Ralph Lauren) and added the all-over pattern with cream artist enamel.

“1st floor Powder Room” :: Being that the bathroom doors seem to always be left WIDE OPEN at our house, this tiny powder room was a quick + fun project. The wallpaper (Target online) with its hint of champagne metallic in the detail, works well with the mini-chandelier.  May as well look good, if it’s going to be seen…right!??!

Image above: I love reading books about “old school etiquette” and then incorporating it into modern day scenarios.

Image above: The kitchen is the hub of all activity. We redid the kitchen about 5 years ago, leaving all of the original cabinets and hardware.  We added the center island for weekday dining and put in silestone countertops for ease in cleaning.

Image above: This dinner bell is similar to one I had growing up.  When the bell rang it meant “hurry home-dinner’s ready”.  We use it all the time!

The “don’t put it there” Dinner Table ::  Seems that every house I have ever lived in was a center-entry colonial.  You know the type, you pass through the DR to get to the kitchen, making the DR table the “perfect” spot for backpacks, paperwork, laptops, briefcases, etc. I soon realized (years ago) that if the table were set, no one DARE place a thing on it.  So our table it set 24/7. Is that weird?  Ha!

A small peek at my insane and never-ending obsession with everything “table-top.”  There are closets full of silver, china, stemware, linens and silverware. YIKES!

Image above: The “Boy’s Only” bathroom on the third floor. No girls allowed!

Image above: “Flynn’s Room” :: This is a picture of the entry into our youngest son’s room. You can see the age of the house from the light switches. We have had these restored to keep the vintage feel of this 100 year old house.

Image above: “3rd floor Guestroom” :: This room (also located on the 3rd floor) has many uses. The location makes it perfect for guests who want a bit of privacy. It also serves as a great hide-away when the kids are racing around the house having “nerf wars.”

My Favorite Chair” :: I rearrange the furniture in this house monthly…not sure why, but it happens. This chair, however, never gets moved from its spot by the fireplace. It is my favorite place to sit and relax. Feet up, coffee in hand!

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